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How can I limit my intake of meat to reduce breast cancer recurrence risk?

Alice Pereira, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Do the following to limit intake of red meat and avoid processed meat -- you will reduce your breast cancer recurrence risk and gain other health benefits in your diet:
  • Vary your protein food choices by adding legumes, such as beans, lentils and chickpeas, which are a great source of fiber and naturally low in fat.
  • Include lean meats such as chicken breast, turkey and fish. A sensible serving portion is 3 to 4 ounces, which is about the size of a deck of cards.
  • Limit consumption of red meats.
  • Good choices of fish are Alaskan salmon, herring, sardines, black cod (sablefish) and tuna. These are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for the immune system and heart.
  • Eat processed meats sparingly since they contain nitrates, which contribute to carcinogens. Nitrates or nitrites are used in smoked, salted or pickled foods.

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